COLLINS John

24 Jan 1989
32
Male
1.92/6'3''
 
Great Britain
READING
 
Great Britain

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
ROW Rowing Men's Double Sculls 4

Schedule

Change
Start Time Location Event Status
Sea Forest Waterway
Finished
Sea Forest Waterway
Finished
Sea Forest Waterway
Finished

Biographical Information

Highlights

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Olympic Games
YearLocation2x
2016Rio de Janeiro, BRA5

World Championships
YearLocation2x4x
2019Linz, AUT4-
2018Plovdiv, BUL-7
2017Sarasota, FL, USA-2
2015Aiguebelette-le-Lac, FRA8-
2014Amsterdam, NED7-

European Championships
YearLocation2x4x
2021Varese, ITA3-
2019Lucerne, SUI4-
2018Glasgow, GBR-6

World Cup
RankEventYearLocationResult
1Quadruple Sculls2018Lucerne, SUI5:44.25
1Quadruple Sculls2018Belgrade, SRB5:38.86
1Quadruple Sculls2017Poznan, POL5:36.42
2Double Sculls2019Poznan, POL6:33.05
2Quadruple Sculls2017Lucerne, SUI5:51.40
3Double Sculls2019Rotterdam, NED6:44.95
3Quadruple Sculls2017Belgrade, SRB5:59.52
4Double Sculls2021Lucerne, SUI6:22.68
7Quadruple Sculls2018Linz, AUT5:45.53


Legend
DNF - Did Not Finish, DNS - Did Not Start, EXC - Excluded
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Playing video games, DIY. (britishrowing.org, 15 May 2020)
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Athlete
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Partner Karen Bennett
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English
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Leander Club [Henley-on-Thames, GBR]
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Mark Banks [club], GBR; Dan Moore [national]
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His partner Karen Bennett has competed for Great Britain in rowing, and won a silver medal in the women's eight at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Jan 2020)
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He began rowing in 2005 at Putney Town Rowing Club in London, England. He initially began the sport for fun as part of the Duke of Edinburgh youth awards scheme, but discovered he had a natural talent for it and began training seriously. At Putney Town Rowing Club he trained under Geoff Adams and John Comer, and later Seamus Keating and Alan Inns. "I was probably one of the worst athletes he [Inns] had ever taken on, but he knew exactly the standards I had to achieve and he pushed me on." (britishrowing.org, 01 Sep 2017)
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His father's side of the family has been involved in rowing for a number of generations, and he was encouraged by his father to give it a try. "My dad is even taller than me. He is very supportive because he wished he could have done the same thing, but he had to give it up to work. Rowing is one of the hardest sports you can do and there is such a high standard, but that is what makes winning so rewarding." (johncollinsrowing.com, 01 Mar 2018; britishrowing.org, 07 Sep 2015; getreading.co.uk, 25 Aug 2010)
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To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which he would give to his father. "My dad is a bit of a rowing nerd. The thought of being able to hand him a medal, someone who knows what they're looking at, would be very special." (werow.co.uk, 12 Sep 2017)
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Making the double sculls final at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and winning gold in quadruple sculls at the 2017 World Cup regatta in Poznan, Poland. (britishrowing.org, 15 May 2020)
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Coach Don McLachlan, who once urged him to quit the sport in his early days at university. "To my horror, Don sat me down one day and told me that he thought I should stop. He just said, 'I don't think your heart's in it. We're meant to be on the water at 07:00 and you're turning up at 06:55, throwing on some kit and jumping in the boat without any stretching or prep'. I was shocked but he was right. I wasn't investing myself in this properly. I didn't need to be training harder, but smarter, otherwise I'm just wasting my time. That was a real wake-up call for me. Don was the coach that moved me on and encouraged me to mature as an athlete." (johncollinsrowing.com, 01 Mar 2018; werow.co.uk, 12 Sep 2017)
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He leaves all his medals with his parents so that he stays focused on the next race. (werow.co.uk, 12 Sep 2017)
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"I'm not the most competitive person - it's not all about beating others. I like the idea of making things a little bit better than the day before." (Instagram profile, 01 Nov 2019)

General Interest

General
RIO RESULT FUELS TOKYO FIRE
After finishing fifth in the men's double sculls at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he said he is more determined to win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "Rio opened my eyes to what a results-based industry the Olympics is. Coming back without a medal is haunting in ways you would never possibly foresee going into it. Coming back from the [2016] Olympics without a medal was so tough. I think the biggest thing I felt was guilt [for] the people that supported me, it's for them that you feel bad. And I think we know that having the race we had in the semifinal of the [2016] Olympics, that was as close to perfect as we ever got. To have had that race and not to come away with a medal meant that we were coming home empty-handed to our families who had supported us blindly through the whole thing. You really want to give them a medal to give them something back. It's amazing how a piece of metal makes all the difference." (skysports.com, 08 Jan 2020; werow.co.uk, 12 Sep 2017)

MANCHESTER UNITED OF ROWING CLUBS
He joined Leander Club in Henley-on-Thames, England, after the 2012 Olympic Games in London, at a time when he says he was considering quitting the sport. He describes the club as the 'Manchester United' of rowing clubs. "I decided that trying to go to the Olympics wasn't a completely unrealistic ambition, and if I wanted to achieve this I knew the only place that made sense to go to was Leander Club, the most successful rowing club in the world. Leander is a Manchester United in a nation full of Sunday league teams. Due to their business-like approach to running the club, they're able to fund themselves and the rowing programme in a way that gives them a substantial advantage over any other British club. Here I worked my way into another U23 world championships and a couple of wins at Henley Royal Regatta. Off the back of this, I was invited to join the national team after the very successful [2012] Olympic Games in London. I was about to quit - I couldn't afford to do it anymore. I was going to get a job, but then I got a letter saying, 'Do you want to come train with the national team?'" (Instagram profile, 01 Nov 2019; johncollinsrowing.com, 01 Mar 2018)

ROWING RELATIONSHIP
He says he and his partner, British rower Karen Bennett, share their sporting achievements and disappointments. "There's only a handful of competitions where we've both been successful. It's very rare that you both have a good day on the same day, so quite often one of your good days is offset by a bad day." (Instagram profile, 01 Nov 2019; britishrowing.org, 15 May 2020)

Legend
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Gold Medal Event
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Silver Medal Event
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Bronze Medal Event
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